Grateful Dead Live at Riverfront Arena on 1976-10-02
- Matt Vernon
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
This is a rare audience tape and apparently is the only circulating source for this date. The recording was made on a hand held cassette deck with internal microphone. The recording levels were set too high so there is some overload distortion. There are also many instances where the mic is hit or brushed against. Nevertheless, this is a listenable tape and the playing is very good, although primarily of interest to collectors. El Paso and Let It Grow have one location where the sound is briefly garbled. The main flaw is the heart of the set 2 jam, TOO, is apparently missing.
- 2008-03-27 14:03:24
- CDR > EAC(secure) > Cool Edit (minor fixes) > CDWav(retracking) > mkwact(seekable)
- Cincinnati, OH
- Riverfront Arena
Subject: They're both "it."
I met a man in Dayton, OH (through his wife, who I was in a class with), and when (inevitably) there was talk of The Grateful Dead, he mentioned that he'd seen them once, and even recorded it with the kind of cassette tape deck you used to see everywhere in schools. He just set it on the seat next to him. He definitely missed moments, which is certainly the reason these two copies look so different with their timing. He wasn't a taper. The other version was recorded by a taper.
Anyhow, I was allowed to borrow the two tapes in order to make a copy we could get onto DAT and circulate. I was always a face-to-face trader, but I had turned on a childhood friend who'd become an active taper & trader and had built a network of connections in the post-Jerry Deadhead & Phish scene. He knew someone that could perform a more appropriate transfer of this rare recording than simply slapping it into a cassette deck and recording it onto DAT. Sure enough, the man we sent it to took the tape out of the cassettes we'd sent him and put them into fresh shells. And, he did other work that's documented on my DAT label. However, my DAT collection is boxed up and not even with me anymore. When I get them back, I'll dig in there and update this post. Anyhow, it was bitter sweet when we got the DAT's back, because the man who was kind and diligent enough to get the tape onto DAT wrote a kinda scathing summary on the label of the process and the source. If I remember correctly, my buddy and I were scratching our heads that he seemed put off by the process, especially because he'd done something so cool with an authentically "important" discovery.
I was grateful then, and am grateful now that I played a serendipitous role in bringing another piece of the musical puzzle to the community! As a trader (vs. taper), there hadn't been much I could do before this to really help traders, except try and record and trade the best, lowest gen copies I could... to minimize my trace, and pass them on. With this show, I suddenly got to be a part of helping to document a night in history, which, up to that point, was as rare as Deadbase suggested it was.
Thanks to archive.org for hosting this, and making it possible to see that there actually is another source in existence! And, for hosting that source!
My bias leads me to give this a 5 star!
Subject: Which is the right one?
I wonder which one is really from October 2, 1976?
I sometimes like the AUD tapes better than soundboard. Depends on what mood I'm in.
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